Alexander Erikovich Pistohlkors, (June 6, 1885 Saint Petersburg – 1944), was a Russian Life Guards officer who was known for his cruelty in putting down the rebellion following the Russian Revolution of 1905.
Background and connections
Through his mother's second marriage to Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, he was a stepbrother of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, one of the co-conspirators in the murder of Grigori Rasputin. His sister Marianne was also allegedly a co-conspirator in the murder.
Pistohlkors was a minor government official under Tsar Nicholas II's rule. Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the godmother for his eldest daughter, Tatiana. Pistohlkors and his wife also had two younger daughters, Olga and Alexandra.
The Pistohlkors family fled to Finland in 1916 when the political situation worsened. Pistohlkors had estates in the Baltic countries. His daughter, Olga Ramel (1912–2011), later settled in Sweden.